Darwins Voyage

Darwin's Voyage

Devonport, England


Set off to complete the survey of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Cape Verde, Porto Praya

January 16, 1832

Cape Verde, Porto Praya is a really dry lava land and has very little vegitaton, few cows and goats. Seldom rain falls.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

July 5, 1832

Saw many porpoises. Entered Playa the weather was unsettled. One night they were surrounded by penguins and seals. Very vivid lightning.

Tierra del Fuego Argentina

December 17 1832

Entered the famous Le Marie. kept close to fuegian shore. Savages followed the ship and just before dark we saw their fire.

Maldonado, Uruguay

July 24 1833

Arrived at mouth of Rio Negro on august third. 50 years ago a small conlony was formed that is now inhanatited by man

Buenos Aires, Argentina

August 24 1833

Captain Fitz Roy traveled on boat, Darwin traveled by land to make more observations such as rounded pumice and scattered shells all over country. Also, in Punta Alta, in of the plains they found giganti land animals embedded in it. They are: Megatherium, Megalonyx, Scelidotherioum (nearly perfect skelton and as large as rhino) Found 9 animals in total. Found within 200 yards of each other. Punta Alta shallow bank revealed 20 other species

Port St. Julian, Argentina

January 9 1834

Seas have made cliffs. The lowest plain is fifty feet high the highest on nine hundred and fifty feet.

Bay of S. Carlos, Chile

January 15 1835

Anchored a second time in the bay, large masses of molten erupted. Great masses burst into the air assuming fantastical forms.

Valdivia, Chile

February 20 1835

Conception, Chile

March 4 1835

Entered the harbour, ans landed on the island of quiriquina. 70 villages were destroyed by an earthquake. The island showed the overwhelming power of the earthquake.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

September 5 1835

10 principal islands all formed of volcanic rocks, and a few pieces of granite glazed over melted by the sun. Some of the craters on larger islands are of immense size. There at least two thousand craters. Except during one season, rain falls are scarce. Many finches were found on the Galapogos Islands with many different species.(gespiza magnirostrois, geospiza fortris, geospvia parvula and certhidea olivasea.) Tortoises also differed at each island. The islands are about 50 or 60 miles apart.

Tahiti Island, French Polynesia

November 15 1835

Remains classical to the voyager in the south sea at daylight. From a distance away the island was not especially attractive. The Luxurious vegetation could not be seen. When they anchored in Matavai Bay, they were surrounded by canoes.

Sydney Australia

January 12 1836

Beautiful cottages and villas there. A yellowish cliff was not what they were expecting. Windmills standing on the edge pointed to Australia's Capital.

Cocos Islands

April 1 1836

Arrived in view of the Coco's islands, in the Indian Ocean. 600 miles away from the coast of Saumtra which is one of the lagoons with a coral formation.

Port Louis Mauritius

May 9 1836

Rises abruptly like a huge black castle from the ocean. Small forts and guns fill up every gap in the rocks. Very few green trees. Irregular castle on a lofty hill.


July 19 1836

A volcanic island. smooth hills, rising level of black lava,

Falmouth, England

October 2, 1836

Arrived in England left the ship they had been living on for five years.